Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

Hurricane Florence intensified rapidly to a category 4 storm Monday with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour., tracking toward the North Carolina coast with an expected landfall as early as Thursday.

"It's not just the coast", Graham said.

Announcing his evacuation order, SC governor Henry McMaster said an estimated one million people would be fleeing the coast.

In a tweet, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) tweeted that "residents in all coastal evacuation zones in all counties must evacuate beginning at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11, 2018".

State offices will be closed in 26 counties, including Horry and Georgetown counties, as well as schools on Tuesday until further notice. As many as a million people could leave the coast, the governor said.

The evacuation order becomes mandatory at noon Tuesday, but cameras show traffic already backing up along the main interstate connecting Charleston and Columbia.

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said.

Hurricane Florence was still a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday morning but had weakened, with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 30C, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

The US military is taking precautions as well.

She, her husband and children will make the 4½-hour drive to family in Dover, Delaware, as soon as he is cleared from duty. In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.
US airlines prepare for arrival of Hurricane Florence

"Additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two", the NHC said, but it noted that the storm will likely weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

On Monday Florence had strengthened into a category 4 hurricane.

"Florence is. expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the hurricane center warned.

A Category 3 storm is characterized as a major hurricane.

NHC warned: "The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves".

"Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends". Electricity and power can go out for days. The California Emergency Services Act also includes possibilities of a fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to six months.

It's important to note that there is a chance that Florence will miss this area altogether and stay in North Carolina-but it's not the likeliest scenario by a long shot, according to Capital Weather Gang.

The evacuation order extends to eight counties along the state's coast, with McMaster estimating that around one million people - residents and visitors - will be affected by the order. It was centered about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

"Action today can avoid losses due to Florence", he said.

Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated east coast. We are bracing for a hard hit.

"This is a serious storm and it's going to effect the entire state", Northam told a news conference.

Related news